Aside from the usual things to do in Boynton Beach – a trip to the mall or movie theater – the city features two highly recommended nature centers that any lover of the outdoors should visit. These attractions are ideal for South Floridians who aren’t averse to a little nature, wildlife, and exercise.
What’s more, for families, Boynton Beach nature centers offer a great opportunity to expose kids to the wonders of South Florida’s wetland habitat. The indoor nature centers that are common to these attractions are highly educational, offering exhibits, movies, and activities for children.
The Green Cay Wetlands
Green Cay offers one of the most scenic experiences in all of South Florida. Visitors stroll along a 1.5 mile long boardwalk while soaking in the gorgeous scenery. The view is unmatched, especially in the evening during sunset.
Although there is a nature center on the premises with lots to see and do, the real treat is the large variety of flora and fauna to be seen outside. The large alligators that occasionally tussle with each other draw a lot of attention, but there’s also birds, turtles, racoons, and rabbits to be spotted.
Green Cay is located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd in the southern area of Boynton Beach. It is just northwest of the neighboring Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, which is also well worth a visit.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
The Arthur R. Marshall nature preserve is massive. The park’s indoor nature center features a swamp buggy simulation, interactive video installations, and an atmospheric “Loxahatchee at Night” show/exhibit that plays repeatedly. Experiencing these indoor attractions is like taking in a small slice of Disney’s Epcot; other local nature centers can’t hold a candle to what is offered here.
When you’re finished inside, be sure and get a map from the enthusiastic volunteer staff before you set out on your exploratory voyage.
Adjacent to the nature center is a modest-sized boardwalk surrounded by trees – a nice, shady stroll for lovers of birds and nature. Head deeper into the refuge, and you’ll find miles of wetlands to explore. Proceed to hike through the area and enjoy the freedom of being in the wide outdoors. Before you leave, be sure and visit the observation tower for a great view of the surroundings.
The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located at 10216 Lee Rd in Boynton Beach. Simply take 441 and turn west on Lee Rd.